Hunting trophy elk in Pennsylvania is possible, with luck
Stuck indoors on a rainy Saturday afternoon, I succumbed to the lure of outdoor television. On one of the episodes, a gentleman was bowhunting for Rocky Mountain elk in Colorado. He took a respectable bull on an exciting hunt.
As I watched, however, I couldn't help but compare this man's experience halfway across the nation to what one could potentially encounter right here in the Pennsylvania Wilds if luck is on his or her side.
Though I haven't been drawn for a hunting tag yet, I've visited elk country several times, and I can bear witness that our state is home to some absolutely massive bulls. They are awesome to see and hear in an incredibly gorgeous environment.
Once again this year, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has awarded the Keystone Elk Country Alliance a special tag to raffle off to one lucky hunter, in addition to the standard lottery drawing held by the Game Commission. Proceeds go directly to conservation education, habitat improvement and permanent land protection projects in Pennsylvania's elk range.
"The Keystone Elk Country Alliance's inaugural Elk License Raffle was enormously successful and provided much needed funding to support Pennsylvania's elk herd," said Rawley Cogan, president and CEO of the alliance.
Last year's winner, Paul Brown, of Blandon, Pennsylvania, harvested an enormous 400 3/8-inch bull in September, while taking advantage of a full raffle package including a 59-day hunting season across any open elk hunt zone, a fully guided six-day hunt with lodging, a shoulder mount of the trophy bull and filming of the hunt for an outdoor TV show.
The same package will be offered again this year. Tickets are available online at www.ExperienceElkCountry.com for $25 each, or six tickets for $1. The lucky winner will be chosen at random during a live drawing on Aug. 16 at the Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette, Pennsylvania.
The lucky men and women drawn for Pennsylvania elk tags truly are in for the hunt of a lifetime. Our state's bulls rival the size and majesty of any other state in the country, and winners can take advantage of this impressive resource right here close to home.
"Pennsylvania's elk are the biggest winner, and we are sure you (conservationists) wouldn't want it any other way," Cogan said.